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COMMUNITY SAFETY 2-18-15 LMS

Idaho State Police Officer Josh Wrathall was an invited guest at the February 18 meeting of the Salmon City Council.

The get acquainted invitation was issued by Mayor Leo Marshall who welcomed Wrathall to the community.

Wrathall is a graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho and the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy where he achieved the highest score in the driving course and earned his class’s Top Driver Award. Wrathall is the father of three children. He told the council he and his wife are now residents of Salmon and grateful to be here. He extended an open invitation to any inquiries. He said he, along with the department, is transparent and if there are any worries or concerns people are welcome to bring them to him or to the district office.

Thirty year law enforcement veteran, ISP Sergeant Scott Zog of Idaho Falls, was also in attendance at the meeting and recalled that during his 25 years with the department he has been to Salmon many times and has known past ISP officers assigned to the area. He said his last trip involved the mega-loads that travelled through town. Zog encouraged a continued open communication with residents.

In the interest of communication with local law enforcement, Councilman Jim Bockelman cited the nationwide “Coffee With a Cop” program as a good way to get acquainted with all local officers of the law. He said as a council member and as a resident he would like to become better acquainted with city, county and ISP officers. Bockelman suggested the city be the sponsor and he promised to buy the donuts. Everyone agreed it was a good idea.

Coincidently, according to an email to Mayor Marshall Salmon has been named as the 6th safest Community in the State of Idaho. The notification came from SafeWise, a company that compiles and evaluates the most recent FBI Crime Statistics from cities with populations exceeding 3,000 people.

Salmon’s placement was based on violent crimes per 1,000 rating of 2.22 and a property crime per 1,000 rating of 9.53. Weiser took first place as the safest town in Idaho followed by Soda Springs, Rexburg, Grangeville and Shelley. The town of Hailey came in seventh.

The complete report can be found at www.safewise.com/blog/10-safest-cities-idaho/


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